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A few days in Copenhagen

Two things: Firstly, I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to write my first post about Copenhagen. Secondly, it feels like it was ages ago that we were there!

A few months ago, we decided to go to Copenhagen during half term. We decided on Copenhagen, mainly because we had Avios points (air miles) we could use to go there, stay in a decent hotel and it wouldn’t cost us very much. Plus, both Phil and I have a huge interest in the Scandinavian countries and way of life. Plus, Borgen.

Heathrow Pod

Our flight was early Tuesday morning, so we stayed over night at the Thistle Heathrow Terminal 5 hotel. It doesn’t look much from the outside, but it was perfectly fine inside. We were able to watch the latest The Walking Dead on my iPad episode anyway, so that was good! The bonus of staying there meant we could leave our car there and get a Heathrow Pod to the Terminal. They are environmentally friendly, running on electricity, cost £5 each way from the hotel and take less than ten minutes. A great way to start our Danish adventure. It had been ages since we’ve been abroad so going through the airport was immense fun for me! As we’d used our Avios points, we flew with British Airways and everything was fine during the flight. (I’ll write about my vegan food travel experiences in another post.)

As we’d got an early flight, we arrived in Copenhagen quite early too. The flight is only about an hour and a half. Once we arrived at the airport, we took a train to Copenhagen, which only took about half an hour. We then walked to our hotel, Copenhagen Island, which gave us a great insight into the city. My first impressions were that it was very clean, quite quiet and bikes rule the road! We’d planned to leave our bags at the hotel, but were pleasanty pleased to find we could check in. Our room was fine, despite the lack of kettle and our view of the main road. (We discovered later that we could have requested an upgrade, paid a bit more and been given a room with a view of the river and have a kettle. But by this point, I couldn’t be bothered. Missed that kettle though.) Then we headed out into Copenhagen in search of food.

River taxi Copenhagen carlsburg Copenhagen chai Christiania wallart Hotel view Copenhagen Cathedral Copenhagen boats

Over the next few days, we walked forty miles, spent loads of money on food, took too many pictures (is there such a thing?!), planned on moving there and just enjoyed being in such a lovely city. Everyone spoke great English, were very polite and helpful and everything seemed to be so relaxed. We spent a lovely evening in the Tivoli Gardens, explored the National Museum and the had a look at the Parliament buildings, wandered around Christiania and a few other places. At the end of our stay, I felt that we could’ve done with another day. We flew out on Friday morning and I had wanted to go over The Bridge to Malmo, in Sweden, and see the Little Mermaid, but we ran out of time. Oh well, this just means we’ll need to go back again!

An evening stroll around Christchurch and Hengistbury Head

On the final evening of our glamping holiday, we went out for dinner and had an awful, awful meal. It was so awful that we didn’t want to just go back to our hut. We couldn’t let the awful dinner be the final thing we did on our holiday. So we went for a drive and found ourselves in Christchurch. We headed for the marina, parked up and started walking. We didn’t really know where we were heading but before long we stumbled across the Priory Church and the castle ruins.

Christchurch Abbey Christchurch at sunset Christchurch Christchurch marina

Not far from Christchurch is the beautiful Hengistbury Head. Phil had been before, years ago, but I never had. We parked up in the car park and headed towards the beach. It was breathtaking. As the sun was setting, we didn’t have time to explore the beach, as we wanted to climb to the top and explore the different wildlife areas. Hengistbury has such an amazing history and varied wildlife. Plus the view from the top is breathtaking and well worth a visit. I wish we’d had more time to explore, but the sun was setting and we had to get back to the car park. I’d love to go again and really explore the whole place.

Hengistbury Head Hengistbury Head at sunset Poppy at Hengistbury Head

It was a perfect way to end our glamping holiday and definitely improved our evening after our dreadful meal. Christchurch is such a beautiful area and I can’t wait to go back to explore further. Maybe a summer holiday day trip is in order!

Tuesday Treat – Glamping

Confession time folks: I have never been camping. With my huge dislike of spiders and body temperature always verging on the side of frostbite, sleeping outside has never taken my fancy. So when Phil got me a glamping holiday for my birthday a few weeks ago, I wasn’t sure what to expect. It was a lovely little cabin/hut on the edge of the New Forest, which had a toilet and a shower. (Phil earned major plus points for that!) It was gorgeous and in the most breathtaking locations.

Lake Reflections Hengistbury Head Glamping

The Beech Hut was the perfect little hideaway. We were there for three nights and spent the days walking and exploring the local area. As we were only there to sleep, it didn’t matter too much that there wasn’t much room. Water was limited so showers were quick, but after a day spent walking, all we wanted was to sleep when we got home so that wasn’t an issue. The hut was in woodland on a farm. In the middle of the woodland was a gorgeous lake, which was a great location for an evening dog walk.

We walked all the miles during our glamping holiday. Check out my FitBit stats below:

Glamping FitBit

Pretty impressive huh?! Though, somewhere during that week, I managed to shave off some cartilage in my knee, so there are no massive walks in my future. It was worth it though. I would definitely go glamping again and would love to go back to Beech Hut, as it’s a great place to explore the surrounding area.

Half Term Holiday Blues

So this week is half term. I had loads of lovely things planned, like chilling out, watching Gilmore Girls in front of the fire, getting my knit, walking Poppy in lots of lovely places, taking lots of pictures and lots of blog writing, as well as the obligatory day of school work. However, my body had other ideas. Pretty much as soon as the school bell rang on the Friday before half term, my body gave up the fight to all the school germs. The hour stuck in traffic on my journey home didn’t help, nor did the driving around looking for somewhere to park when I finally got home. Since then, I’ve coughed and sneezed my way through half term, doing as little as I can. I should be well enough ready for school on Monday. Brilliant!

Veggie Breakfast at Burford Garden Centre

I have managed to get a back massage (essential!), and my OH and I did venture out for a bit of breakfast and shopping at Burford Garden Centre (before I lovingly gave him my cold!). They do a mean veggie cooked breakfast and I managed to find some new wellies. No more wet socks for me! While we were out for the day, Poppy spent the day in dog day care and had a whale of a time! It was her first full day and she loved it, although she didn’t love being dried by a hairdryer after getting caught in heavy rain on one of her walks! I bet she sulked all afternoon!

Now all that’s left to do is some school work and get everything ready for school next week. Not exactly the week I had planned – pesky germs!